Wine Making Process

The winemaking process at Grape Expectations is the same as it is in a commercial winery with minor exceptions. A commercial operation may be making 200+ barrels of the same recipe, whereby in our facility we may be making 200 different recipes as each group determines what kind of wine they are going to make. Consequently, the accouterments needed for our production is smaller than what one would find in a commercial operation.

It requires approximately 756 pounds of grapes to make one 53 gallon barrel of wine. Our grapes are hand-picked and placed in 36 pound crates in the vineyard to provide easy handling by our client winemakers. Once the harvest has been completed, the grapes are shipped to us in refrigerated trucks and the four step process begins.

SESSION 1: SMASHING GOOD TIME (Crushing)

It is a bad day to be a grape. After a discussion of the operation of our state-of-the-art equipment, you will load your selected grapes into the crusher/de-stemmer, instead of … Read More

SESSION 2: MEET THE PRESS (Pressing)

One week after primary fermentation, you will return and press the wine from the must utilizing a traditional hydraulic wine press. The free run wine and pressed wine will be … Read More

SESSION 3: NICE RACK (Racking)

Approximately four months after barreling, you will return to rack the wine. During this process, the wine is pumped from the oak barrel into a stainless steel tank and the … Read More

SESSION 4: CON-GRADUATION DAY (Bottling)

Your final session will take place approximately four months after racking with the aged wine ready for bottling. With the aid of a gravity filler, you will fill 240 bottles … Read More